Top things to do in Covent Garden with the family
Covent Garden is a great place to take the kids. It is one of London's most popular tourist hotspots and this part of the city is packed full of things to see and do. We have put together a short list of some of the highlights for families; so why not see if you can enjoy one or two during your next visit?
Explore Covent Garden Piazza
Covent Garden Piazza is a firm favourite with tourists. Its mix of excellent shops and interesting markets makes it plenty of fun for families to look around, though you may find the little ones clamouring for a souvenir or two! Particularly good for browsing tourists are the Apple Market stalls, which sell all kinds of interesting crafts. The kids will be captivated!
But there's more to do in Covent Garden Piazza than shop. In fact, this part of London is famous for its amazing buskers and street performers, who offer everything from opera singing to circus skills. Plus, it costs nothing to watch them at work (though a donation is always polite!).
Visit London Transport Museum
Another brilliant option for families is London Transport Museum, which is right on the piazza. This museum not only tells the story of the capital's public transport history, including all its iconic designs, but also has a brand new play area designed for kids aged 7 and under.
Called All Aboard, this family play zone gives children the chance to exercise their imaginations. They can repair a mini tube train, hop into the driver's seat of a real bus, make service announcements and much much more.
Theatre in Covent Garden
There are many shows to see in Covent Garden's theatres, from West End musicals to classic plays and comedies. Some of the more famous shows for families include:
The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Following the adventure of a fearless young lion cub called Simba, as he learns about life on his journey to become King of the Pridelands, this show wows audiences with its spectacular sets, costumes and songs.
Maltilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved book with music from award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin, the London show thrills both children and adults alike with the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Vertical Chill, ice wall
If you're struggling to keep the teenagers entertained, take them to the Vertical Chill Ice Wall for a challenge they are sure to love! This indoor ice-climbing wall is set inside a refrigerated unit with heights of 8m. Don't worry it ranges in steepness from an easy slap to an intimidating over-hang providing a variety of routes to entertain novice and accomplished climbers alike.
Rock tours of london
Departing from Covent Garden, embark on a three hour walking tour around London's famous music locations. Not to worry, this is a private walking tour, so you choose the schedule, you choose the locations and more importantly you choose the artists you're most interested in seeing.
You can visit the likes of:
- The Beatles Abbey Road crossing and the Abbey Road Studios
- The pub where The Rolling Stones were discovered
- The luxury top floor apartment where The Sex Pistols played their first show
- The world famous Marquee Club
- The Soho studio where David Bowie, Genesis, Carly Simon, Queen, Elton John, Lou Reed and The Beatles all recorded their biggest hits
And many, many more in between.
Treat yourself to a pancake at My Old Dutch
If you want to take the kids out for a fun lunch or dinner, My Old Dutch is the perfect choice. Located on High Holborn, this restaurant has been running since the 1950s and has a brilliant kids menu.
Its main offering is traditional pancakes with everything from traditional toppings such as lemon and sugar to more exotic combinations, but there are plenty of other options too.
Covent Garden is easy to reach from the Royal Garden Hotel. Either take the Circle Line from High Street Kensington to South Kensington, then the Piccadilly Line to reach Covent Garden, or hop on the number 9 bus.
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